Friday, May 27, 2005

Dear Mr. President

The main stream media still hasn't done much with the Downing Street Memo which summarizes a meeting between officials of the British and US governments regarding 'fixing' facts in order to justify the Iraq War months before presenting the case to the UN and to the United States Congress. The few stories that have come out since May 1, 2005 (the day the Times of London published the story) have all been buried deeply in the papers, or mentioned only briefly on television news.

There are some in our Congress who don't think that's good enough. John Conyers is one of them. He and 88 colleagues wrote to the President asking about the veracity of the memo and requesting a response. As is usual with this administration, there has been no response. Mr. Conyers has now requested that US citizens join in the request for more information.

Dubbed the “Downing Street Memo,” but actually comprising the minutes of a meeting of Prime Minister Tony Blair and other top British government officials, the memo casts serious doubt on many of the contentions of the Bush Administration in the lead up to the Iraq war. With over 1,600 U.S. servicemen and servicewomen killed in Iraq, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and over $200 billion in taxpayer funds going to this war effort, we cannot afford to stand by any longer.

I believe the American people deserve answers about this matter and should demand directly that the President tell the truth about the memo. To that end, I am asking you to sign on to a letter to the President requesting he answer the questions posed to him by 89 Members of Congress.

This Memorial Day weekend, I urge you to go to Mr. Conyers' web site (linked above), read the letter, and sign it. At this point, it is the very least we can do.


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